Costa Rica: Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market

With the aim of cushioning the fall in the price of the dollar, which between November 5 and 25 was reduced in ₡18,35, in just two days the Central Bank intervened buying more than $30 million.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Of the $41.5 million negotiated at Monex during the November 22 session, the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) purchased $36 million, and of the $30.7 million negotiated on November 25, the monetary authority acquired $27 million.

See "Costa Rica: Dollar Price Falls ₡16"

This is the BCCR's response to the accelerated fall in the exchange rate, a situation that has been influenced to a great extent by the $1.5 billion income from the recent Eurobond issue.

BCCR data shows a clear downward trend in recent weeks, as between November 5 and 25 the price has fallen from ₡585,52 to ₡567,17, equivalent to a variation of 3%. See full figures.

Nacion.com reviews that "... The appreciation of the colon against the dollars is a relief for the debtors in dollars that receive income in colones, but it affects the competitiveness of the country since it becomes more expensive for the foreign tourists and also increases relatively the value of the products of exportation."

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